BOOKS RECEIVED: Allan F. Westphall, “Books and Religious Devotion: The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Books and Religious Devotion, Allan Westphall presents a study of the book-collecting habits and annotation practices of Thomas Connary, an Irish immigrant farmer who lived in New Hampshire in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Connary led… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jeremy Engels, “The Politics of Resentment: A Genealogy” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In the days and weeks following the tragic 2011 shooting of nineteen Arizonans, including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, there were a number of public discussions about the role that rhetoric might have played in this horrific event. In question was the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Carmenita Higginbotham, “The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh, and American Art” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In The Urban Scene, Carmenita Higginbotham offers a significant and innovative reassessment of the ways in which race is deployed and read in interwar American art. By focusing on the works of urban realist Reginald Marsh and his contemporaries,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Nathan Stormer, “Sign of Pathology: U.S. Medical Rhetoric on Abortion, 1800s-1960s” (Penn State UP, 2015)
Much of the political polarization that grips the United States is rooted in the so-called culture wars, and no topic defines this conflict better than the often contentious and sometimes violent debate over abortion rights. In Sign of Pathology,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Mary E. Stuckey, “Voting Deliberatively: FDR and the 1936 Presidential Campaign” (Penn State UP, 2015)
The 1932 election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt seemed to hold the promise of Democratic domination for years to come. However, leading up to the 1936 election, persistent economic problems, a controversial domestic agenda, and the perception of a weak foreign… Read More
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